Tips and tricks

3 Creative Ways to Use Loose Powder in Your Beauty Routine

Hello, lovelies!

Loose powder is a staple in my makeup kit to lock-down my foundation and concealer while preventing oil buildup on my skin. Loose powder comes in various colours but the most common shade is ‘translucent’ as it does not leave any coloured residue on the skin. I apply loose powder during different stages of my beauty routine and here are a few ways that you can use it too!

1. Plump your lashes

Loose powder can amp up the volume of your eyelashes. Dust loose powder over your eyelashes before applying mascara to increase the fluffiness of your mascara. If you apply multiple coats of mascara, dust powder in between each coat for extra fullness.

2. Bake your makeup

I mainly apply loose powder to ‘bake’ my makeup. This technique involves coating a liquid makeup product in powder to set it. To bake my makeup, I dust a heavy amount of powder over my face after applying wet concealer and allow it to set for a few seconds. Once it is set, I dust off the powder. This helps to seal the cream product onto the skin.

3. Increase the longevity of freshly-applied lipstick

This trick works like an extra coat of lip liner. After applying one coat of lipstick, place a tissue over your lips. Dab loose powder over the tissue and press your lips together to enhance the longevity of your lipstick.

How do you use loose powder in your beauty routine?

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Erin Angela’s October 2018 Sephora Haul

Hello, lovelies!

I recently shopped at Sephora after a two-month no-buy period. The purpose of my trip was to replace my holy-grail cleanser but I added a few other surprises to my shopping cart that I’m sharing in today’s blog post!

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray and Complexion Prep Spray Duo

This duo is part of Urban Decay’s holiday collection and features a travel-sized duo of the brand’s All-Nighter Setting Spray and Complexion Prep Primer Spray. I wanted to try Urban Decay’s iconic setting spray for a while now, and instantly loved it after testing it yesterday! This set is great to travel with.

Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liner

I’ve always used Bite Beauty lip liners but decided to try one from Smashbox after unsuccessfully finding my favourite shade in store. To my surprise, I love this lip liner! It is creamy and long-wearing. I bought the shade Nude Light, which has a beige-pink undertone. I tested it yesterday and my lipstick did not budge for hours!

Tatcha The Deep Cleanse

I repurchased this cleanser from Tatcha. This has been my main skincare product for a few months, and my skin has become clear and smooth. I adore this cleanser as it does not dry out my skin.

Bite Beauty Agave Treat Trio Mini

This mini Agave lip mask set was an impulse buy. This set comes with three mini tubes of Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Masks in the shades Natural, Maple and Candy Cane. I apply lip masks and balm regularly throughout the fall and winter months and can’t wait to test these out.

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick Sample

I received a lipstick sample from Make Up For Ever. The shade is a beautiful Rose-tones pink. This lipstick is creamy and pairs well with dark or light eyeshadow.

Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrator Sample

I’ve received many samples of Clinique’s Moisture Surge moisturizer before, and adore the soft, supple hydration that the product gives my skin.

What items have you bought from Sephora recently?

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Caudalie Instant Detox Mask

Hello, lovelies!

I recently received a sample of the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask from Sephora. While my skincare routine is fairly regimented, I enjoy trying new masks to clarify and detoxify my skin. This mask contains a variety of natural ingredients to clean the pores and reduce excess oil.

The Packaging

This packaging is quite earth-toned and soothing. The mask comes in a mint-green tube that bears the Caudalie logo and a floral design. This tube is lightweight and travel-friendly. My favourite aspect of the packaging is that the mask can be dispensed onto my palm without placing my fingers into the product.

The Mask

The first thing I noticed about this mask was its beautiful pale pink colour. This mask has a gritty texture that feels deep-cleaning when applied to the skin. It contains grape marc to detofixy, pink clay and coffee to absorb dirt and excess oil, and papaya to brighten. These natural ingredients feel soothing and non-irritating on the skin. After using this mask, my skin felt clearer, brighter and smooth.

How to use it

I like to use this mask 1-2 times per week. I apply a thin layer to my skin, leave it on for 5-10 minutes then rinse.

Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask worked well to clear my skin, and did not feel chalky or tight like other masks I’ve tried. If you’re looking for a soothing mask to add into your skincare routine, I’d recommend this one! Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask retails for $47 at Sephora.

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3 Tips to Effortlessly Apply Liquid Lipstick

Hello, lovelies!

I adore liquid lipstick! The fluid formulas are opaque like traditional lipsticks, but last longer and dry to a matte, transfer-proof finish. Liquid lipstick can be tricky to apply at first, so I’m sharing my favourite tips to help make the application a breeze!

1. Prep your lips

This step is crucial, since most liquid lipsticks are drying. I always like to exfoliate and moisturize my lips before applying a lip liner to ensure that my lipstick has maximum wear.

2. Use less product than you think you need

It is better to start with a small amount of product then add more as needed. This will make it easier to apply additional lipstick without your lips feeling caked or dry.

3. Avoid lip balm

Lip balm tends to breakdown liquid lipstick. Rather than applying lip balm throughout the day, you should apply it during your lip prep.

What are your favourite tips to apply liquid lipstick?

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Florida 2018 Vacation Recap

Hello, lovelies!

I recently travelled to Florida with my boyfriend, Grant. We spent an action-packed week visiting theme parks, shopping and soaking up the sun!

Day 1 – Arrival

Our trip began with an early flight and one layover. The first day involved errands (picking up park passes, snacks/water, etc) and settling into the hotel.

Day 2 – Magic Kingdom

This day was absolutely magical! I’d visited Magic Kingdom once before, but did not get to experience everything in the park due to a recent surgery. We headed to the park early and spent the day exploring rides and 3D animations. I’m a Disney fan at heart and made a special point to meet Cinderella while in the park! This was my favourite day throughout the trip thanks to the full Disney experience.

Day 3 – Shopping

During the first day of shopping, I successfully avoided the Kate Spade store in favour of new dressy clothes from Forever 21, H&M and Roz & Ali.

Day 4 – Hollywood Studios 

Walking around Hollywood Studios felt like a scene from a 1950s-era movie! The park itself was adorable, and we viewed attractions from Frozen, Star Wars and Indiana Jones. This action-packed day was entertaining and fun.

Day 5 – Disney Springs

Disney Springs was such a fun place to explore! It is a shopping, dining and entertainment centre located near Epcot. Featured stores include Coach, Anthropologie, and Kiehl’s. I loved browsing the various stores and outdoor plaza areas.

Day 6 – Last Minute Shopping

While I told myself I did not need to shop while in Florida, that didn’t last very long. I bought multiple dresses and blouses, and a new pair of Sketchers. While at the Orlando Premium Outlets, I impulsively decided to buy a new Kate Spade handbag. This bag is a beautiful forest-green tote that will be perfect for the fall and winter seasons! Later in the day, we visited The Cheesecake Factory, located in the upscale Mall of Millenia.

Day 7 – Universal Studios 

Returning to Universal Studios was a blast!  I’m usually terrified of heights but decided to try a few roller coaster-like and 3D motion rides (that were both terrifying and adventurous). I visited this theme park previously, but enjoyed this visit far more as I tested more rides and attractions.

Day 8 – Last Day 

The last day of our trip involved last-minute errands, and packing. After checking out of the hotel, we headed to the airport for our flight.

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Hello, lovelies!

I bought a travel-sized jar of Laura Mercier’s iconic setting powder at Sephora during the summer. After only one use, this powder became a staple in my makeup kit when setting my makeup! This is the first loose setting powder I’ve tried, and I was interested to see how it performed compared to alternatives!

The Packaging

The packaging feels luxurious. The powder comes in a rounded jar that has small openings in the top to dispense the powder. The oak-brown lid contains the Laura Mercier logo. I love this packaging design – the powder dispenses easily and precisely.

The Powder

This powder is incredible. It is translucent, and is not scented or coloured – perfect for my acne prone skin! It is finely-milled and feels soft when blended into the skin. It does not feel heavy on the skin and sets my makeup for the day.

The Wear

This powder wears comfortably throughout the day. It feels weightless on the skin, and doesn’t crease. I’ve worn it comfortably for 12-14 hours without experiencing any fallout or fading.

If you are looking for a translucent setting powder to set makeup (especially foundation!) I’d recommend Laura Mercier’s Translucent Setting Powder. It retails for $48 at Sephora,

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3 Travel-Friendly Beauty Tips You Need to Know

Hello, lovelies!

Before I returned from my Florida vacation this week, I implemented travel-friendly beauty tips into my routine to make travel a breeze! Here are a few tips to maintain gorgeous hair, skin and makeup while travelling:

1. Streamline your makeup

Minimizing the amount of products you travel with will maximize space in your carry-on bag or suitcase. One way to streamline your makeup products is to find products that are multi-purpose or travel-sized. My favourite products include Tarte’s Hampton Weekender Palette and a travel-sized haircare set.

2. Keep your skin calm

It can be tempting to try the fancy products provided by your hotel, but sticking to your normal skincare routine will ensure your skin stays calm and fresh.

3. Stay hydrated

Staying hydrated is important when your on an airplane or in a warm destination. Airplane cabins are pressurized, which can reduce the humidity levels onboard. This can lead to dehydration, so I try to drink a lot of water while flying.

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Chloe Nomade Perfume

Hello, lovelies!

I received a sample of Chloe’s Nomade Perfume while placing my latest Sephora order. I don’t buy new perfumes often, but this perfume is one of the best that I’ve sampled recently! The warm floral notes of the fragrance are soft and pleasant.

The Packaging 

Chloe’s Nomade Perfume comes in an elegant rounded bottle that is reminiscent of a hexagon shape. It features a golden cap that glistens when it catches the light. The transparent bottle is made of glass and the light rose-gold colour of the perfume is visible.

The Scent

This perfume bursts with soft scents of freesia and plum. It has a slightly musky undertone when it dries down, but smells sweet when initially applied. The scent is reminiscent of a bouquet of fresh flowers but I can detect a hint of cinnamon in the fragrance. This combination blends together well.

The Wear 

When this perfume dries onto the skin, it stays vibrant and scented for 3-4 hours. The scent does not last for an entire day, but that is typical of most fragrances. One aspect of the perfume that I adore is the wearability – it is soft enough to wear everyday.

Chloe’s Nomad Perfume is a beautiful fragrance to wear everyday or for special occasions. It is soft, bright, and floral. If you’re looking for a perfume that combines sweet and spiced, I’d recommend this one! Chloe’s Nomad Perfume retails for $154 at Sephora. Smaller bottles of perfume are available, priced at $86 or $122.

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3 Key Tips for Aspiring Beauty and Lifestyle Bloggers

Hello, lovelies!

I always enjoy sharing tips and advice with new beauty and lifestyle bloggers. When B began blogging over three years ago, I didn’t quite realize how much I would learn and grow as I continued to craft my blog. There are many pieces of advice I could give a new blogger, but here are my favourite tips. Whether you are a new or seasoned blogger, I hope you find these tips helpful!

1. Find your niche 

There are many beauty and lifestyle blogs on the web. Finding a specific niche for your blog will help you find your writing voice and set your blog apart from the rest. If there is a specific topic within the broad spectrum of beauty and lifestyle that you are passionate about, make that your blog’s focal point. For example, I like to focus on writing a weekly beauty product review, and publishing weekly tips.

2. Plan ahead to sustain your blog

Pre-planning post ideas is the main way that I sustain my blog. It’s a good idea to have a plan of how you will maintain your blog, types of content you’ll post, and a posting schedule. Planning ahead and writing focused content will also help you curate a consistent readership among your blog’s audience.

3. Focus on writing great content instead of the numbers

This can be tough to remember as a new blogger. Every blogger dreams of having content read and shared by hundreds of people, but developing great content will keep readers coming back to your blog each week.

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3 Products I Use Weekly to Achieve Clear Skin

Hello, lovelies!

My skincare routine changes like the weather (literally!). Finding products and a routine that works for me is constant progress, and I regularly switch my skincare routine to suit my skin, the environment, and my personal preferences. At present, there are three essential products that I incorporate into my skincare routine every week to achieve clear, glowing skin.

1. Tatcha The Deep Cleanse

Tatcha’s The Deep Cleanse is my daily face cleanser. This gel cleanser has dramatically cleared my skin while gently cleansing it without feeling harsh. I adore how the gentle cleanse helps to deep-clean my pores and reduce any breakouts. My skin is typically dry and acne-prone – my favourite aspect of this cleanser is that it never leaves my skin feeling dry or tight.

2. Caudalie Instant Detox Mask

I apply a face mask 1-2 times per week. Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask is clay-based and draws out excess oil and impurities from my skin. This clay mask is ideal for my acne-prone skin, thanks to natural essential oils and pink clay to reduce bacteria, breakouts, and dullness.

3. Tata Harper Purifying Mask

After receiving a sample of this mask, I bought a larger jar! This mask is quite unique, as it is a full cleansing treatment. It is deep-cleansing, but leaves my skin feeling refreshed, smooth and refined. This mask is composed of a blend of herbs and natural ingredients to create a clay-like mask that doesn’t feel heavy on the skin.